2013-14 College Basketball Ratings Roundup

In honor of the start of the college basketball season, here are last year’s college basketball ratings!

Getting nailed on the Olympics is one thing, getting nailed on college basketball is quite another. SportsBusiness Daily had two different weeks where they didn’t get any CBS numbers in time for their deadline, and Sports Media Watch didn’t get numbers for the total of four college basketball windows that were affected by that for its own college basketball ratings roundup. The highest of the four games’ overnights I estimated would have finished with around a 1.7 final household rating, which is high enough that I’m only listing the top ten regular-season college basketball ratings of the year. I am listing all 109 women’s college basketball games to air on a national Nielsen-rated network, though, although the one CBS game didn’t have viewers reported so I have to guesstimate it. (That chart is going to be in a very unfinished state.)

The most-watched game not involving Duke, Michigan State or Kentucky was San Diego State-Kansas on CBS January 5 with 2.623 million viewers, also the most watched game not involving a power conference team (assuming you count the American as a power conference – Louisville-Kentucky drew 3.246 million viewers to CBS December 28). Note that that game had an NFL playoff game as a lead-in and spilled into primetime. The next such games were Michigan-Ohio State in a Big Ten semifinal, which drew 2.471 million viewers to CBS March 15, and Syracuse-Virginia, which drew 2.45 million viewers to ESPN March 1. The most watched game on ESPN not to involve Duke, either Michigan team, Kentucky, or Syracuse was Kansas-Texas February 1, which drew 1.924 million viewers. The most-watched non-CBS game I don’t have 18-49 numbers for is Kansas State-Kansas January 11, which drew 1.39 million viewers to ESPN.

The most-watched game to involve solely non-power-conference teams was the Mountain West Championship which drew 1.909 million viewers to CBS March 15. The most-watched game involving a non-power-conference team on ESPN was Boise State-Kentucky on December 10, which drew 1.213 million viewers; the most-watched non-power-conference-only game on ESPN was the WCC Championship March 11, with 1.045 million viewers. The most-watched game between two non-power-conference teams that wasn’t a conference championship was VCU-Saint Louis on ESPN February 15, which drew just 711,000 viewers. (If the American counts as a non-power conference, Connecticut-Louisville drew 1.772 million viewers to CBS on March 8, the American championship between those two schools drew 1.688 million viewers to ESPN March 15, and the game at Connecticut drew 1.522 million viewers to ESPN January 18. If the Big East counts as a non-power conference, Villanova-Syracuse drew 1.448 million viewers to CBS December 28, and Butler-Georgetown drew 1.083 million viewers to CBS February 8.)

The most watched game not on ESPN, CBS, or ABC was Ohio State-Notre Dame on ESPN2 December 21, which drew 1.323 million viewers and only barely made the top 100 overall. The most watched game not on ESPN, CBS, ABC, or ESPN2 was Ohio State-Marquette on Fox November 16 with 799,000 viewers, followed by the Big East Championship on Fox Sports 1 March 15 with 702,000 viewers. ESPNU’s most-watched game was Clemson-Syracuse February 9 with 675,000 viewers, which was edged out by the Pac-12 Championship on Fox Sports 1 March 15 with 680,000 viewers. Its next-most-watched game was Belmont-Kentucky December 21 with 577,000 viewers.

Top Ten Most-Watched Regular Season College Basketball Games of the 2013-14 Season

    Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

MCBB: Duke @ Syracuse

4.745

2.9

1.6

2/1 6:30 PM

ESPN

2

Big Ten Championship:
Michigan State v. Michigan

4.525

2.7

 

3/16 3:30 PM

CBS

3

MCBB: Syracuse @ Duke

4.159

2.4

1.3

2/22 7:00 PM

ESPN

4

MCBB: Michigan State v. Kentucky

4.002

2.6

1.4

11/12 7:30 PM

ESPN

5

MCBB: North Carolina @ Duke

3.498

2.1

1.2

3/8 9:00 PM

ESPN

6

MCBB: Louisville @ Kentucky

3.246

2.0

 

12/28 4:23 PM

CBS

7

ACC Championship: Virginia v. Duke

3.168

2.2

1.0

3/16 1:00 PM

ESPN

8

Big Ten Semifinal:
Michigan State v. Wisconsin

3.161

1.9

 

3/15 4:15 PM

CBS

9

SEC Championship: Florida v. Kentucky

2.99

2.0

0.9

3/16 3:15 PM

ESPN

10

MCBB: Kansas v. Duke

2.977

2.1

1.3

11/12 10:19 PM

ESPN

Most Watched Regular-Season Women’s College Basketball Games of the 2013-14 Season

  Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net
WCBB:

0.744

0.5

 

2/2 2:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB: Minnesota @ Penn State

0.7

0.5

 

1/26 1:00 PM

CBS
WCBB:

0.687

0.5

 

3/10 7:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB: Connecticut @ Louisville

0.603

0.4

 

3/3 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.598

0.4

 

12/17 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.581

0.4

 

2/9 1:00 PM

ESPN
SEC Women’s Championship:
Kentucky @ Tennessee

0.573

0.4

 

3/9 3:30 PM

ESPN
ACC Women’s Championship:
Duke @ Notre Dame

0.538

0.4

 

3/9 7:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.536

0.3

 

11/11 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.53

0.4

 

1/13 7:00 PM

ESPN2
Big Ten Women’s Championship:
Iowa @ Nebraska

0.529

0.4

 

3/9 1:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.493

0.3

 

2/16 1:00 PM

ESPN
Pac-12 Women’s Championship:
USC @ Oregon State

0.478

0.3

 

3/9 9:03 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.438

0.3

 

3/2 1:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.436

0.3

 

12/22 1:30 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.331

0.2

 

1/20 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.314

0.2

 

12/29 5:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.311

0.2

 

11/11 9:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.295

0.2

 

2/23 1:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.282

0.2

 

1/27 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.277

0.2

 

1/19 3:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.269

0.2

 

12/1 5:30 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.266

0.2

 

2/2 4:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.257

0.2

 

2/10 9:04 PM

ESPN2
Big 12 Women’s Championship:

0.243

0.1

 

3/10 9:08 PM

FS1
ACC Women’s Semifinal:
North Carolina v. Duke

0.234

0.1

 

3/8 7:28 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.231

0.2

 

1/26 4:03 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.23

0.2

 

3/2 2:30 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.228

0.2

 

2/10 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.223

0.2

 

3/2 4:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.217

0.1

 

2/24 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.214

0.2

 

2/17 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.207

0.1

 

1/12 5:03 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.203

0.2

 

11/15 6:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.19

0.1

 

3/2 2:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.186

0.1

 

2/9 4:06 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.176

0.1

 

3/2 2:30 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.171

0.1

 

1/12 3:00 PM

ESPN
WCBB:

0.166

0.1

 

1/27 9:03 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.165

0.1

 

2/9 2:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.161

0.1

 

2/16 3:32 PM

ESPN2
ACC Women’s Semifinal:
Notre Dame v. NC State

0.154

0.1

 

3/8 5:00 PM

ESPNU
American Women’s Semifinal:
Louisville v. South Florida

0.15

0.1

 

3/9 3:06 PM

ESPNU
American Women’s Semifinal:
Connecticut v. Rutgers

0.146

0.1

 

3/9 1:03 PM

ESPNU
SEC Women’s Semifinal:
Texas A&M v. Tennessee

0.146

0.1

 

3/8 2:34 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.141

0.1

 

2/3 7:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.138

0.1

 

2/16 1:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.137

0.1

 

2/13 7:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.136

0.1

 

3/1 3:00 PM

FS1
Big 12 Women’s Semifinal:
Texas v. West Virginia

0.134

0.1

 

3/9 5:28 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.132

0.1

 

2/9 3:32 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.13

0.1

 

2/23 4:07 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.128

0.1

 

1/26 2:00 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.125

0.1

 

2/2 4:47 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.117

0.1

 

1/19 5:04 PM

ESPN2
WCBB:

0.114

0.1

 

1/26 1:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.106

0.1

 

2/23 2:00 PM

ESPN2
Big 12 Women’s Semifinal:
Oklahoma State v. Baylor

0.097

0.1

 

3/9 3:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.091

0.1

 

12/8 4:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.091

0.1

 

3/2 12:30 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.089

0.0

 

1/26 6:00 PM

NBCSN
WCBB:

0.083

0.1

 

2/16 1:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.08

0.1

 

2/24 7:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.079

0.0

 

1/4 7:11 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.074

0.0

 

2/9 3:14 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.073

0.0

 

2/16 3:32 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.072

0.1

 

1/5 3:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.07

0.0

 

12/12 7:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.066

0.0

 

1/12 5:04 PM

ESPNU
SEC Women’s Semifinal:
South Carolina v. Kentucky

0.066

0.0

 

3/8 12:00 PM

ESPNU
WOMEN’S BIG EAST CBB TOURNAMENT (live)

0.066

0.1

 

3/11 9:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.065

0.0

 

1/21 7:00 PM

FS1
Atlantic 10 Women’s Championship:
Dayton v. Fordham

0.064

0.0

 

3/9 11:00 AM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.063

0.0

 

1/26 6:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.062

0.0

 

1/19 1:30 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.061

0.0

 

1/26 3:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.06

0.1

 

2/23 3:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.043

0.0

 

2/9 1:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.041

0.0

 

11/10 6:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.04

0.0

 

3/16 1:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.039

0.0

 

2/9 3:04 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.039

0.0

 

2/8 12:30 PM

FS1
WAC Women’s Championship:
Seattle v. Idaho

0.039

0.0

 

3/15 4:14 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.038

0.0

 

3/16 3:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.037

0.0

 

11/17 3:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.037

0

 

12/22 11:00 AM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.037

0.0

 

2/9 2:08 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.035

0.0

 

1/12 3:02 PM

ESPNU
WOMEN’S BIG EAST CBB TOURNAMENT (live)

0.029

0.0

 

3/10 6:52 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.028

0.0

 

11/24 4:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.027

0.0

 

2/14 5:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.027

0.0

 

3/11 4:07 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.026

0.0

 

12/29 3:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.025

0.0

 

3/10 2:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.022

0.0

 

1/4 5:07 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.022

0.0

 

3/10 4:02 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.019

0.0

 

1/5 1:00 PM

NBCSN
WOMEN’S BIG EAST CBB TOURNAMENT (live)

0.019

0.0

 

3/10 4:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.018

0.0

 

1/5 1:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.018

0.0

 

1/12 1:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.018

0.0

 

3/11 2:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.017

0.0

 

1/19 3:11 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.015

0.0

 

2/23 1:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.015

0.0

 

2/23 1:00 PM

FS1
WCBB:

0.012

0.0

 

1/19 3:30 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.009

0.0

 

2/1 5:00 PM

FS2
WCBB:

0.006

0.0

 

2/16 1:00 PM

ESPNU
WCBB:

0.006

0.0

 

3/1 1:00 PM

FS2
WCBB:

0.003

0.0

 

2/23 3:00 PM

FS2

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